Summer vacation is around the corner and as many of you will most likely start packing soon, we thought this list of travel apps can come in handy. The list is based on feedback we received from our Facebook friends and Twitter followers, along with our team’s personal favorites.
So, the Top 6 Travel Apps are (drum roll please…):
Available in over 40 US cities, and a few more international ones, Yelp is the #1 local business discovery app. Want to find a restaurant, a movie theater, a coffee place, the local shopping hotspot – 53 million fellow users will help you comb through the reviews and find the best place for your needs. And it’s available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and more (the ‘other’ phones 😉 ).
What can we say about Kayak that hasn’t been said before? That we use it to search and book flights? That it’s usually the most popular answer to ‘where can I check for flights’? That all the other startups are using it? Kayak enables you to easily compare hundreds of travel sites at once, and it’s even a pretty decent trip management app (like TripIt, only better, according to one of our team members here). So go and check it out: iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia.
Airbnb is definitely one of our favorite travel apps, and for a good reason. Founded in 2008, Airbnb has processed over 2 million booked nights (50 of those by the Onavo team BTW) – and they recently secured a whopping $112m round of financing! The sleek UI is beautiful and easy to use, you could end up spending hours just browsing through the various places – so make sure you have Onavo to save some $$ on those data charges. Airbnb is available for iPhone only. Oh, and web obviously.
At Onavo, we’re into saving you money, by compression techniques or by helping you make smarter choices with data usage. That’s why we love WhatsApp Messenger – a text messaging app (actually it also does photos, videos and audio), over your data plan instead of text messaging plan! When our team launched Onavo in Amsterdam back in April, they used WhatsApp between them to communicate – as even with data roaming rates, WhatsApp’s cost was cheaper than what the operator charged for roaming texts! Another merit for the cool app – it’s cross-platform, meaning you can message friends on any mobile device: iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia.
When our marketing chief searched for places for his NYC vacation this summer, TripAdvisor was his first choice: 50 million reviews, 89,000 cities and 7 million photos – covering almost every hotel around the world. The reviews are from travelers, including their own photos, so you can even see the spacing between the bed and the night stand, or get the size of the balcony. It’s important, trust our marketing chief. TripAdvisor is available for iPhone and Android.
1. Google Maps
Google Maps is one of the tools that has transformed the travel industry by helping travelers all over to navigate with ease. We use Google Maps even at home, for urban directions, and for travelers it’s a necessity app! Show me one person who doesn’t launch Google Maps on his smartphone when traveling. And you know what the best part is? Onavo saves 65% on Google Maps data usage, which means you can navigate longer, even when roaming. Brilliant! Google Maps is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Nokia.
Have another travel app for our list? Shout it out loud in the comments below. You can also tweet us your suggestions at @onavo.